The Home Reference Book forms have been refined over 20 years with input from hundreds of home inspectors. If you are looking for a report that can be written quickly and delivered on site, the Home Reference Book is your answer. The Binder forms include more white space for writing notes. The Paperback forms include more default content. Look at both and choose the one that’s right for you.
The forms are three-part carbon-less paper so you have copies for your clients, the real estate sales professional and yourself. The forms are integrated into the Binder, and provided separately with the Paperback version. We have an attractive folder available that accommodates the Paperback version, with a place for the forms, and another pocket for any other materials you want to include.
Below are the systems and sections that are contained within the HRB. Please click on one to view an example of the forms.
The Home Reference Book includes a standard contract wording. You may want to replace it with your own. (Note: Please seek your own legal advice before using any contract.)
Bottom Line Summary:
The forms for both the Binder and Paperback allow you to include an executive summary with an overview of the inspection on a single page. If you prefer not to include a summary, the Paperback version is a good choice, although either works well. House systems: The report is broken down into nine sections – Roofing, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Insulation, Plumbing, and Interior.
We understand that some home inspectors inspect appliances, and others do not. There is an optional Appliances section in the Binder version. Appliances are included as an extra section in the Paperback version.
The Home Reference Book includes a maintenance section that provides great advice for homeowners.
Life Cycles and Costs:
This section provides comprehensive information on how long things typically last, along with estimated costs to provide or replace them. Supplementary: This section includes things beyond the scope of the home inspection such as radon, asbestos, lead, carbon monoxide, household pests, urea formaldehyde foam insulation and mold.